Return Today in the History of America's Diversity Heritage Return


1886 Alain Locke (Pennsylvania-born African-American Author) Pennsylvania Authors & Illustrators Noted Educators African American Authors African American Registry
1931 Adrienne Kennedy (Pennsylvania-born African-American Author, Playwright) Pennsylvania Authors & Illustrators Plays African American Authors African American Registry
1943 Mildred Taylor (Mississippi-born African-American Children's Author) Mildred Taylor Young-adult Authors Famous African Americans
1948 Nell Carter (Alabama-born African-American Stage and Popular Singer) Alabama Performing Artists Actors Television African American Performing Artists African American Registry
1967 Michael Johnson (Texas-born African-American Member of the Track Hall of Fame) Texas Sports Figures Olympic Games African American Sports Figures Track and Field Hall of Fame
Persons of Historic Significance Who Have Died on This Date
1597 Father Pedro Corpa (Catholic Missionary in the Florida Territory) Florida Catholicism Native-American Heritage Historic Firsts Florida State Historical Society
1860 Anthony Bewley (Texas-born Abolitionist Minister; Lynched in Fort Worth, TX) Texas Religion Abolition Crime Texas State Historical Association
1597 Indians Murder Father Pedro Corpa, at Florida Territory's Tolomato Mission Florida Catholicism Native-American Heritage Historic Firsts Florida State Historical Society
1663 Colonial America's First Serious Slave Conspiracy Occurs in Gloucester County, Virginia Virginia Colonial America Slavery Historic Firsts African American Registry
1813 In Wilmington, Delaware, the United Church of Africans Is Formed as the First Church Entirely Controlled by African Americans Wilmington, Delaware Religion African-American Heritage Historic Firsts State of Delaware
1860 Abolitionist Minister Anthony Bewley Is Lynched in Fort Worth, Texas Texas Religion Abolition Death Texas State Historical Association
1886 University of Maryland Eastern Shore Founded by Methodist Episcopal Church Maryland Education University of Maryland Eastern Shore African American Registry
1922 Viola Ross Napier & Bessie Kempton First Two Women Elected to Georgia General Assembly Georgia Women Elections Historic Firsts University of Georgia
1925 Xavier University Opens in New Orleans as the First African-American University New Orleans Education Education African-American Heritage Historic Firsts Xavier University Louisiana Secretary of State
1948 Margaret Chase Smith First Woman Elected to Both Houses of Congress Margaret Chase Smith U.S. Congress Women Historic Firsts New York Times
1953 Bob Trice Is First African American to Play for the Philadelphia Athletics Pennsylvania Baseball African-American Heritage Historic Firsts African American Registry
1965 Louis Armstrong Wins Best Male Vocalist Grammy for "Hello, Dolly!" Louis Armstrong Popular Musicians The Grammys African-American Performing Artists History Channel
2000 James Perkins Elected as First African-American Mayor of Selma, Alabama Alabama Political and Social Leaders Elections Historic Firsts African-American Heritage BBC

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